Year 2 Yorkshire Wildlife Park Trip

On Thursday the 5th of July, Year 2 went on an amazing trip to Yorkshire Wildlife Park, as part of their animal learning in science! Eventhough the temperatures were through the roof, the children went around the park, looking at all the different animals, and learning some fun facts that they could use for their topic when they got back to school. Some of the animals they saw were: baboons, painted dogs, lemurs, wallabies, tigers, lions, rhinos, giraffes, polar bears and meerkats.

They moved onto a fantastic workshop all about polar bears, and learned some interesting information about their lifestyle. Polar bears are becoming endangered due to the ice caps which are melting because of global warming. Not only that, but some polar bears have sadly had to swim for 9 days non stop, just to find the next iceberg, and because they are melting, their food, seals, are also disappearing. The children found out that they could help the situation by turning off lights and electricity when we are not using them. They also learnt some facts about the polar bears appearance: they have small ears to keep the heat in; black skin to absorb heat; their fur isn’t white – its transparent; they weigh the same as a small car and they have large paws to stop them falling through the ice!

Year 2 said they had a fantastic day and they had a brilliant time although it was really warm! They enjoyed learning all about the different animals and the polar bears, and really enjoyed their workshop – Oscar even said it was the best trip ever!

By Mckensey

3R Class Assembly

This afternoon, 3R performed a fabulous assembly for Blakehill, all based on the Stone age and the periods of prehistory (Stone age, Bronze age, ice age and iron age) , which means before written history. First came the Ice age, where huge glaciers were formed and the people had to move away, because of the ice. Eventually, once the ice had melted and gone, the humans moved back but discovered that things had been moved beneath the ice and glaciers. The people of the ice age were hunters and found their supplies theirselves.

They told us all about the other different stages, including the stone age, where they crafted tools from stone and were hunter gatherers, who were always moving around to new places. This stage of prehistory was supposedly the time of ‘early man’, where they wore animal skins for clothing, and painted cave art on the walls of their caves to show they existed later on in the future, and to also communicate, as words and communication was still developing. For food, they killed deer and other animals like that, saving the skin, and eating and storing the meat for meals.

They told us a little bit about the bronze age, where all supplies were crafted of bronze, and was an easy material to get hold of. This was similar to the iron age, where iron was a main source for tools and supplies, and the people lived in Hill Forts.

Next, they set the scene by comparing the modern to the past, where most people nowadays have ipads and ipods and iphones, which are used for pretty much every day of our lives. The prehistoric stages were very different though as they were crafting all day long and trying to thrive in the dangerous wilderness.

To finish off their fantastic assembly, the class sang We Will Rock You with a stone age twist! They gave many interesting facts and everybody learnt alot from their assembly, as well as enjoying it! Well done 3R!

By Mckensey and Emily Mae

4J class assembly

This afternoon, Year Four had their class assembly about their residential to Nell Bank. To start off, they sang a song (that they had learnt whilst on their trip) to show off all of the exciting activities they had done. Two people in bright-orange jackets led the song and put actions with it and the rest of 4J followed.

They began to tell the audience about what they had done on their first day: mini beast hunting! They showed everybody what they found on their hunt, which was a centipede, an earthworm (did you know they breathe out of their skin?) and a woodlouse. As a treat, they got to go to the adventure playground for a little while as well as the water playground, where they got to play and have fun.

After a long, much-needed sleep, it was time for the next adventurous day, where they told the school all about the 7.5 mile walk they went on, from Nell Bank to Cow and Calf and then back again! Whilst at the Cow and Calf, the children were told a story about a giant, who lived near a huge, old cliff, with big boulders that were scattered around, and they really enjoyed it.

Tired out from their walk, we were told all about their experience of going to the adventure playground, which wore them out completely! On the last day, Year 4 went pond dipping and showed us some pictures of what they had found such as, a newt, baby snails and lots of other animals. Next, was the fantastic den building, and got to tell their groups all about their houses that they had built – someone even made a chandelier!

Sad, but glad to get back, the children finally went home, back to their parents, who they were very glad to see as some of the kids had never gone away without their mum and dad before. The children loved their trip and would have loved to stay longer. They performed a fantastic assembly to Blakehill!

By Emily Mae, Taylor and Mckensey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 1 Skipton Castle Trip

This week, Year 1 took a visit to Skipton Castle as part of their topic on Knights and Castles. Once they had got there, they took a guided tour of the castle, looking in all of the different rooms and learning about castle life hundreds of years ago. As they entered the castle, they looked up and saw all of the remnants of different types of stone and tar that had been thrown at the enemy all those years ago. The children really enjoyed learning about the knights in the castle and all the different ways of protecting the castle back then. They also loved the fact that from the toilet it led straight down into the mud hole below!

In the afternoon, the children did some more exploring of the castle after their delicious lunch and sat and drew some fantastic pictures of the castle, that was in front of them. They drew different things around the castle and loved to put their own twist on them. They went through all the different rooms and learnt what they were used for in the olden days, and also found that the crumbling, stone walls were really interesting as you could imagine them being freshly built and lined with soldiers.

The children loved the trip and would definitely love to go again. Their favourite part was definitely the old flushing toilet!

By Mckensey and Emily Mae

Year 2 York Chocolate Story Trip

On Thursday, Year 2 travelled all the way to York on a trip to the York Chocolate Story. Over the past few weeks, the classes (2S and 2P) have been reading and basing their work on the book Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, enjoying reading about Charlie and his trip to the Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. Once they had arrived, they did a tour of the history of chocolate, how it was originally made and what was really used to make it. After, Year 2 learned how to make chocolate lollipops, doing it along with a professional, who worked at the Chocolate Story. The children got to eat it afterwards, and it was yummy! Mrs Philips said, “The chocolate was amazing and so delicious!”

Going further into the factory, the children did a fantastic workshop on making edible wallpaper! Imagine having that in your bedroom! Yum Yum!  They learnt more tips and tricks on making the perfect chocolate to eat and made their own little wallpaper with different chocolate designs.

After an amazing time at the chocolate factory, on the way back, the year group visited the York minster, having a quick look and learning of information before it was time to go home. They  looked at all the incredible architecture of the building and wondered how long it might have taken to built.

The children loved visiting the chocolate factory, learning all different ways of making delicious chocolate creations. Best of all, the chocolate was yummy!

By Mckensey and Daniel

1P Class Assembly

This afternoon, 1P showed off their fantastic knowledge of the United Kingdom to the rest of the school. This week, they have been finding out the details of all the different places around the UK such as England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Island and the landmarks in those areas. The class took us on a guided tour, firstly stopping off in London, the capital city of England, and told us some information about Buckingham Palace such as the place has 775 rooms and 78 bathrooms! Crazy! Who needs that many bathrooms? We also learned that the Houses of Parliament is also called the Palace of Westminster and it is the place where laws are passed and the government meets. The clock tower, which is also in London, is sometimes known as Big Ben, but actually that’s the name of the bell inside! They showed us pictures of some other landmarks in England, although they are not all in London, such as Stonehenge and the Angel of the North.

The next thing they told us about was St George, who is the patron of Saint of England – he was a brave soldier who lived many years ago. St George’s day is celebrated on the 23rd of April. The english flag is also known as St George’s cross.

Our next destination was Scotland and its capital city is Edinburgh. We learnt that Scotland has the tallest mountain in the United Kingdom and its name is Ben Nevis! Scotland is also famous for the Loch Ness – it is a deep loch in the Scottish Highlands and is famous for sightings of the Loch Ness monster! Not only this, but the children told us about St Andrew, who is the patron saint of Scotland and told us that the thistle is the Scottish symbol! The children performed a fantastic traditional Scottish folk dance, showing off some of the moves they had enjoyed learning.

Moving on to Wales, the class told us facts about the city, learning that Cardiff was the capital city and is close to the Millennium Stadium, which hosts lots of events such as sports matches and music concerts. Wales is famous for its beautiful valleys and mountains, home to Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales.

The last stop was Northern Ireland where the school were shown how Ireland is split into two countries: Northern Ireland and The Republic of Ireland. Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom but it makes its own laws and its capital is Belfast. The most interesting fact about Ireland was that the Titanic was built there! It is one of the most famous ships in the world and sank on its maiden voyage in 1912. St Patrick is the patron saint of Northern Island and its symbol is the shamrock.

After an amazing tour of the United Kingdom, the school were exhausted, weighted down by all the fantastic facts that had been fired at them! 1P have had a great time learning about the United Kingdom and are exhausted with all the learning they have been doing!

Year 3 trip to the Industrial Museum

This week Year 3 travelled 10 minutes from school to the Industrial Museum Bradford. While they were there, they learnt all about the Industrial Revolution. Later, they began a first session where they began a tour and saw lots of sewing additionally spinning machines. They had draw pictures of each machine that they saw. During that session, they looked at 3 different houses which all had a different interior from a different year 1870’s, 1940’s and the 1970’s.

They began their second session, where they cleaned some wool also they removed some twigs and leaves. Then they vigorously combed it -which was hard work! After they carded their wool, Year 3 spun the wool on a spinning wheel.Eventually, they got to weave it and saw what they could create on the wheel whilst having a lot of fun and learning alot! Afterwards, the children played a game on the machine, pulling thread off of the wool! It was a lot of fun and they learned all about times long ago and what the past generations were like!

By Alex and help by Mckensey and Emily Mae

4J’s Class Assembly

This afternoon, 4J performed a brilliant assembly for the rest of Blakehill, all about World War II. They had been reading a book in their English lessons called Friend or Foe, which is all about two boys who are evacuated to Devon and find two German soldiers, that have crashed from their plane! Using this book, the children have managed to produce multiple pieces of fantastic work such as a diary entry of David (a character in the book), a setting description of the streets that had been bombed and destroyed by the Germans and decision wheels, thinking about what would happen next in the chapter and story.

In topic, the class listened to Neville Chamberlain’s declaration of the war and then wrote from a person who was listening’s point of view. This week, they have learnt a song called “When you’re a kid in World War II” which was very catchy and had a fun rhythm, and sung it to us as they danced around!

This topic was really fun to learn all about and year 4 enjoyed reading the book and looking into the past of the war!

By Mckensey

 

2P Class Assembly

This afternoon, 2P showed off their fantastic assembly that they have been working on over this week on the topic ‘Saltaire’. The class has researched what life was like in the Victorian era – they found out that the living conditions were awful and they even threw their wee and poo in the river. But the most disgusting thing of all was that they drank from it! Back in those days, there were no toilets or running water so they had to get it from the nearby river or the mill. People who worked in the mills were at work for a long period of time every day; it was in awful conditions and everybody had to start at 6 o’clock! Could you imagine?

Children were usually half-timers (they went to school for half they day and worked the other half) but some even worked full time. After a few years, a disease called Cholera was beginning to spread and more and more people were beginning to get ill and unable to work and even keep themselves healthy. The children learnt about Titus Salt and how he wanted these laws to change for the better so he moved out of Bradford, bought some land and that is when he built the whole of Saltaire. He named it this because of Salt, his last name, and Aire, from the name of the river near his land. Over time, he developed and built Salts Mill, houses, a hospital, which got rid of the disease after a long period of time, and a park, where people could go to get fresh air and spend time together instead of being cooped up in the house and just doing the same thing every day.

This topic was very interesting but fun for the class to learn about over this term and loved learning about Titus Salt and his man-made town!

By Mckensey

2017 Art Week

This week was Art Week! Every single year group have been busy bees looking at an artist and finding out all about their style and type of art. Some of the artists we have been looking at are Frida Kahol, Banksy and Vincent Van Gogh, which have all been very interesting. After all the research was done, it was time to start on the art! We used a variety of art skills such as painting, sketching, printing and drawing to produce beautiful art that represents ourselves and the people we have been looking at during art week. Year 6 started off with angry photos in the style of the artist Frida and drew a mono-brow on themselves just like she has! We have all had so much fun participating in art week and i’m sure everybody has learnt something new about their artist that they had never known before!

By Mckensey